Vaccines can be gotten almost everywhere these days—in big box stores, at a chain pharmacy, on school campuses and in many doctor’s offices. Some work places even schedule special ‘clinics’ during the year, typically during the flu shot season, to administer vaccines. Just because vaccines are available doesn’t mean we all have to run out to get them.
Many people inadvertently think they need to get vaccines. The CDC continues to think and promote that and stated as such last week. That inaccuracy popped out at me in the response they gave about Dr. Thompson’s recent allegations.
In their statement regarding the data Drs. William Thomspon, Frank DeStafano, Tanya Karapurkar-Bhasin, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsop, and Coleen Boyle used in a commonly cited CDC study, a study which is now being reported as fraudulent, the CDC said:
“The study looked at different age groups: children vaccinated by 18 months, 24 months, and 36 months. The findings revealed that vaccination between 24 and 36 months was slightly more common among children with autism, and that association was strongest among children 3-5 years of age. The authors reported this finding was most likely a result of immunization requirements for preschool special education program attendance in children with autism.”(emphasis mine)
What jumped out at me while reading their entire statement was not an admittance of fraud, because it seems that the CDC does not consider the altering of data as deceptive, what caught my eye was that particular paragraph where the CDC says that immunizations are required for school. A lot of places say that immunizations are required for school. Except, they’re not.
The state of Georgia, where we’ve been told this particular study’s data was collected, offered vaccine exemptions including during the time that this study was conducted. For the CDC to say that immunizations are requirements for school attendance, when in fact they are not, frightens me. No one, especially a parent, should be told one thing as fact and not be given all of the facts. To leave out selective information, especially information that impacts a child’s health is bad practice. Not only that, I think it’s unethical.
The CDC’s response to Dr. Thompson’s findings raises more questions than offers answers. I’d like these new questions many of us are asking about vaccines and how they cause autism, as well as the countless other ones our community have been asking about vaccines and vaccine safety, to be honestly answered. In this particular instance, since I’m seeing more conflicting data being stated that vaccines are required, I’d be curious if parents involved in this study were told that they had to get their child vaccinated. Were the parents ever informed that that school vaccine exemptions existed? If no, could parents who partook in this study have been misled when they agreed to include their children in this study? And, if parents were not informed that vaccine exemptions exist, could these children have been vaccinated for the sole purpose of the outcome of this study, a study which supports the fact that vaccines do cause autism?
The alleged falsified evidence that has recently been brought to light surely warrants an investigation, one that I’d hope would be done by an independent firm who has no ties to pharma, lobbying groups or political special interest committees. But, as with anything government related, the likelihood of an investigation happening any time soon is a long shot. So is accurate reporting as we’ve seen since word of Thompson’s revelations were made public almost two full weeks ago. Sadly, the few mainstream news sources who’ve picked up this story have strategically tiptoed around Thompsons’ claims. They’ve failed to remind viewers that autism can be caused by vaccines. These news sources have completely miss the mark and don’t seem to care to concentrate on the fact that fraudulent activities happened in a government agency, an agency whose vaccine information reaches the homes of almost every American citizen.
As this story unfold, and as the regular media ignores what our government seems to be getting away, it’ll be up to our own alternative, underground, grassroots media sources to continue to push this story and what we know about vaccines into the public’s eye. We cannot make any exceptions. I don’t think that will be too hard. Searching for the truth, believing in our fight and defending our personal health care rights is nothing new. It’s what brought many of us together and will no doubt keep us together for many years to come.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.